Which Internet browser is the most power efficient?

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  • Posted: September 19, 2016 at 10:50 am

Which internet browser offers you more battery life among Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Microsoft Edge? Of course, choosing an internet browser can often have a lot more to do with desired features or integrations than battery life.

Microsoft took the challenge to try and find out the answer. Before the Anniversary Update was rolled out Microsoft still carried out a similar test. Now that the Anniversary Update is live the guys at Microsoft wanted to show off to their clients some of the battery-saving improvements made to Microsoft Edge in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. This new round of tests echoes previous testing done prior to the Anniversary Update, with Microsoft Edge edging out Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera.

To begin their test they turned to Netflix to gauge the streaming performance of the four browsers. According to the results, the following shows how much longer Microsoft Edge browser lasted more than the competition:

  • Edge lasted 69 percent longer than Mozilla Firefox
  • Edge lasted 45 percent longer than Google Chrome
  • Edge lasted 23 percent longer than Opera

The guys at Microsoft did not stop there. They went ahead and also tested out which browser was more power efficient when doing general web browsing. According to Microsoft, the Anniversary Update allowed it to boost efficiency by 12 percent over Edge running on Windows 10 version 1511. As for the competition, Edge won out once again, with Microsoft stating:

“We’re thrilled to see improvements across the board, but the trend may look familiar! Microsoft Edge remains the most efficient browser on Windows 10, offering 24%-43% more efficiency across a sample of typical activities including video playback, multi-tab productivity, shopping, social media, and more.”

From these round of results Microsoft is conducting they have only one thing in mind. They are trying to show how its own Edge browser is a better choice for portable device owners.

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In the previous round of tests Microsoft took four identical laptops running Windows 10 to see which of the four most popular browsers would be most efficient when it comes to battery life. In the video streaming test the results were as follows:

  • Google Chrome drained the battery at 4 hours and 19 minutes
  • Mozilla Firefox drained the battery at 5 hours and 9 minutes
  • Opera drained the battery at 6 hours and 18 minutes
  • Microsoft Edge drained the battery at 7 hours and 22 minutes

From the above results you can clearly see the Edge browser lased 70 percent more than the Chrome browser.

Back then, this is what Microsoft had to say in regard to the results:

“We designed Microsoft Edge from the ground up to prioritize power efficiency and deliver more battery life, without any special battery saving mode or changes to the default settings. Our testing and data show that you can simply browse longer with Microsoft Edge than with Chrome, Firefox, or Opera on Windows 10 devices.”

Unfortunately for Microsoft, while the company’s latest browser is certainly an efficient speed king, it still lacks some features many would consider fundamental to their web browsing experience using competitor software.

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